Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018 to replace the Parsnip River Bridge, improving safety and capacity on Highway 97 North.
“Highway 97 North is used extensively as a corridor to transport people, supplies, services and finished products to job sites and to market,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. “The new Parsnip River Bridge will be able to accommodate larger commercial vehicles and will provide a safer, more comfortable crossing for residents of the surrounding communities.”
The existing steel truss bridge, built in 1953, will be replaced by a wider, open-top structure with no height restrictions and increased weight capacity. This will significantly improve access between the Peace River region and the rest of British Columbia.
Additionally, approximately two kilometres of highway will be realigned to improve safety and provide better sight lines for drivers.
Eiffage Innovated Canada Inc., from Burlington, Ont., was awarded the $18.5-million contract. This project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Province.
Construction will start in early 2018, with the new bridge expected to be fully operational in the fall of 2019. Deconstruction of the old bridge will be completed by spring 2020.
The ministry is committed to rehabilitating highways and bridges throughout British Columbia, and to building new infrastructure where it is needed. The B.C. government will continue to invest in transportation infrastructure for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods.